LOVELADY, TX (KTRE) - A female guard at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Eastham Unit in Lovelady was arrested and charged with bribery Thursday after she allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana and K2 into the prison unit.
According to the probable cause affidavit from the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace office in Houston County, Ramonica Whitfield was found in possession of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana during a routine shake down at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday.
Whitfield allegedly admitted to trying to smuggle the green leafy substance in to an inmate at the unit. During an interview with TDCJ investigators, Whitfield said that about five weeks ago, an inmate placed $450 into the front pocket of her vest.
The prison guard said the inmate gave her the money to hold. She told the investigators that she had flushed the money down the toilet.
Whitfield said the inmate had previously asked her to provide him with illegal contraband, but she denied his request, the affidavit stated. She said the inmate told her if she wasn't going to provide him with the contraband, she should return his money.
On Wednesday, the inmate allegedly gave Whitfield a telephone number and told her to call and arrange a meeting. Whitfield told the TDCJ investigators that she called the number and met with an unknown female that provided her with two bags of a green, leafy substance believed to be K2, .6 ounces of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, an unknown white powdery substance, and two small bundles of smoking tobacco.
According to the affidavit, Whitfield had the suspected K2 on her person when she entered the Eastham Unit's front lobby. She admitted that the other items were in her vehicle.
Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Whitfield was hired on as a correctional officer on April 25, 2012. She worked at the Eastham Unit for the entire 15 monhts she was employed by TDCJ.